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WfC Graphic Novel Cover by EagleFlyte WfC Graphic Novel Cover by EagleFlyte
This is the cover for a graphic novel spin-off I'm doing in addition to the main series. That's Blaze in the front, with the two main griffin clans, Del'nurth on the left and Nirocelt on the right, fighting in the background.

The messages in this comic ARE Christian-based, though some of the content in places is directed towards more mature audiences: excess blood/gore, and underlying themes of the consequences of racism and genocide, revenge/hatred, mistrust/deception. All of these are intentional.

Map: eagleflyte.deviantart.com/art/…

1st page: fav.me/d35xiya

****MUST READ: This graphic novel in its entirety belongs to me, Rachel DiPietro (E. Flyte). You are NOT allowed to claim it as your own in any way, shape or form.

SUMMARY:

From the world of Cyrin comes a tale of love, courage, and perseverance...

In the midst of chaos in the bloody clan war between the bronzes and the greys, an unusual griffin pup is hatched. He faces challenges no other griffin could imagine, for on top of living in exile as the result of an unorthodox union, his very life is being threatened by unknown evil forces. As the rift between the Del'nurth and Nirocelt clans grows ever wider, it is up to him to find the one responsible for the griffins' strife and bring an end to the war...

before it is too late.

His name is Blaze.
And this is his story.


Copyright 2011 to Rachel DiPietro.
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ChippedBeak Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Student Artist
Intriguing. I love online comics such as this, and can't wait to get started.
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
This should be published.
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've thought about it before, but I want to make sure everything is just right before I even consider it now. There's a whole literature arc this comic is a spin off to, and it's offline-- still in progress and hasn't really been added to in a while. 

I may get to it in the future but with lots of biology major-related stuff to take care of it might be a really long time.

Thank you for the great feedback, though. :)
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
You've got what it takes to make this as well known as something like Lord of the Rings, or Guardians of Ga'Hoole perhaps. I like writing, but I'm not that much of an artist.
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In all honesty, this is nothing compared to Lord of the Rings. Tolkien was an absolute genius. I may have created some simple alphabetic systems and a world of my own, be he went into so much detail into everything-- the history, the creation stories, how the villains came to be, right down to the cultures and every rule for every language.

I'm nowhere close to Tolkien's level. But nonetheless, I appreciate the thought!
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Tulmur95 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Maybe just make the story well known, I could never have done something like this.
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KitcheVadimas Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why are they using human weapons?  It seems awkward and really, they should use their own weapons, or the ones they were born with.  

As for weapons I can think of, Dropping weights, blades on the outermost primary feathers, Poison on talons, nooses, etc.  Using swords and bows just looks weird, especially when they are so agile, making the arrows easily dodged, and they already have sharp things for cutting and stabbing all over them, so a sword is just a useless weight, and it would likely damage their weak bird wrists.  It also takes very little creativity to just use human weapons and fighting styles.  You have an interesting premise of a GRIFFIN war, use it to it's fullest extent.

  Also, christian lessons have been hammered in over and over.  They're just overused and really, boring.  I'm sorry.  

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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Grammar correction: Trade WITH humans... no these griffins are not slave-drivers!! ^ ^'
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"front half." My goodness, where is my grammar sense today?
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I appreciate the feedback, although I admit I don't completely agree with all the suggestions.

These griffins have very close ties to the humans living in the same region this story takes place, and so they trade humans and learn human crafts pretty extensively. This relationship has been built stronger over thousands of years, to the extent that integrated used of human weapons has become even more prevalent than talon-crafted weapons. However, they are still capable of making their own weapons, the most notable being a bronze invention that's light, easy to carry and is deadly accurate (bronze reference: eagleflyte.deviantart.com/art/….

I an working on literature outside this comic that deals with the same world, so thank you anyway for the weapon suggestions; they will be kept in mind. I'm also thinking about creating a griffin code of honor regarding the use of talons.

Concerning anatomy and the reference to their weak bones, it is true that their frond half is bird, but the results of a hybrid like a griffin are just as apparent internally as externally. My griffins may look a slight majority bird on the outside, but still retain many mammalian characteristics  other than a lion's hindquarters. As I've said in previous speculation with others, these griffins probably still have fur on avian parts, particularly sensitive areas like the base of the beak or forelegs. Their bones also need not necessarily be hollow like a bird, although it would make flying easier; however if they did have solid bones they could still fly, just with proportionally larger wing muscles. In fact, not all flying birds have hollow bones-- loons are a good example for solid bones. And straining bones from too much weight would not be a concern either-- eagles can lift, tackle or throw prey of significantly large size, including cranes, mountain goats, or even young deer often enough for it to be considered a natural adaptation.

As for the Christian lessons. I respect that you might find them boring or overused, but my faith is something I'm proud of, and for me this is the ideal way to both express a message of love-- one voice of many--  to a hurting world and make art at the same time.

I apologize for the length, but I don't object to a good discussion about critiques and ways I could improve. Even if we're not on the same page, I still want to say thanks!
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KitcheVadimas Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't mind reading a long argument for your side, but bear these things in mind.  Maybe new technologies that your griffins make up and such.
  As for anatomy, try making your cat reach behind their shoulders where the quiver would be.  It's impossible, so the griffins would have to use their beak to load arrows, looking away from their target and the fight.  They are also unable to really pull their arm back to fire the arrow, so the bow should be a weapon used only by humans.  
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds reasonable. I may try altering their archery method a little to see what would work when it's time for the next major battle scene between the two clans. Maybe something that combines the automatic fire of a crossbow with the lightness and efficiency of a bow and arrow.

Thanks again!
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BryanTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work on the cover 
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!
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BryanTheWolf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob
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Gryphonwolf6274 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your amazing comic was featured here!!
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Xanthe-V Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013
DUDE! That's totally sick. Nice job man. By the way, I'm recently drawing battlecruisers.
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!! (But I'm actually a girl, Lol.)
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Eclo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
This comic has been featured here: [link]
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the feature!! That's awesome!!
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manaista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful work
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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manaista Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem :)
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Xendria101 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Nice title!
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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TetrisFerret Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
this is super cool! I love how they have bow and swords! ^^
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!!
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Domisea Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Student General Artist
This is about war between gryphons and hippogriffs?
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EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No, it's a war between two different breeds of griffin that I made up. The bronze griffins (left) are based on the Golden Eagle, while the Grey Griffins (right) are based on the Harpy Eagle.
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Domisea Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Ahh, right, when I looked at griffin on the left at first I think it has horse legs O.o'
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